Movie Review: Sparkle’s Musical Numbers Shine. Everything Else ...

First, the good news: The musical numbers in Sparkle are great. The songs (a mixture of pieces from the original 1976 movie, written by Curtis Mayfield, and newer ones, written by R. Kelly) are beautiful, the performances full of life. Director Salim Akil shoots his actors with finesse as they sing, almost caressing them with the camera, while also showing us the audience and the sense of community engendered by the music. These numbers, frankly, display a professionalism and confidence that most of the rest of the movie can’t match. And yes, that’s the bad news. Read More...


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